Centers & Institutes

Center for Sustainable and Intelligent Transportation Systems (CSITS)

The Center of Sustainable and Intelligent Transportation System (CSTIS) aims at conducting multi-disciplinary research, education and outreach on promoting the sustainability of critical transportation infrastructure system subjected to normal and hazardous conditions.

Co-Director: Suren ChenDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Co-Director: Rebecca AtaderoDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering 

Center for Sustainable Integrated Pest Management in Colorado

The IPM program is focused on management of pests in production agricultural systems, natural resources and recreational environments, and residential and public areas.


Director: Deborah Young

Center for the New Energy Economy

The Center for the New Energy Economy, established in 2011, is a national policy center focused on building the new energy economy. Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter serves as director for the Center, as well as and Senior Scholar within CSU's School of Global Environmental Sustainability. The Center for the New Energy Economy, including salaries, is completely funded by private support, initially from the San Francisco-based Energy Foundation and the Fort Collins-based Bohemian Foundation.


Director: Bill Ritter, Jr.

Changing Climates at CSU

The Changing Climates Initiative is a campuswide project launched in 2007 and supported by faculty and researchers from every CSU college, whose interests and research unite around climate change. This effort helps faculty infuse information and research on climate content into their courses in all majors and disciplines. It also provides seminars to train faculty and staff on climate change topics.


Co-Director: SueEllen Campbell
Co-Director: John Calderazzo

Climate Change Education Partnership

This is a collaborative project between Colorado State University, National Park Service, National Parks Conservation Association, and US Fish and Wildlife Service. Our goal is to assist national parks, wildlife refuges, and neighboring communities in changing the way they communicate about climate change.

Clothing and Sustainability: Policy Implications through Structured Public Debate

This GCRT will examine current practices of post-consumer textile waste management and community perceptions regarding clothing lifecycle. They plan to develop evidence-based policy recommendations based on data gathered from perspectives of consumers, businesses and local municipality officials in Northern Colorado.

Colorado Agricultural Experimentation Station

The mission of the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) is to conduct research that addresses the economic viability, environmental sustainability, and social acceptability of activities impacting agriculture, natural resources, and consumers in Colorado.

Deputy Director: Jeffery Steiner

Colorado Climate Center

The Colorado Climate Center was established by the state in 1974, through the Colorado State University Agricultural Experiment Station, to provide information and expertise on Colorado's complex climate. Through its threefold program of Climate Monitoring (data acquisition, analysis, and archiving), Climate Research and Climate Services, the Center is responding to many climate related questions and problems affecting the state today.


Director: Nolan Doesken

Colorado Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

The Colorado Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit was founded in 1947, and the Colorado Cooperative Fishery Research Unit was established in 1963. The two Units were combined in July 1984. The Colorado Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit is staffed, supported, and coordinated by Colorado State University, the Colorado Parks and WildlifeUS Geological SurveyUS Fish & Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Management Institute.

Unit Leader: Dr. Dana Winkelmant

Colorado Forest Restoration Institute

The Colorado Forest Restoration Institute was established at Colorado State University in 2004 through the Southwest Forest Health and Wildfire Prevention Act, along with the restoration institutes at New Mexico Highlands University and Northern Arizona.  The purposes of the institutes are to compile, translate, and apply the most current scientific information relevant to the needs of forest managers and communities in taking action to mitigate wildfire risk and restore healthy forest conditions. CFRI is a special unit in the Warner College of Natural Resources and draws on the unique strenghts of forest ecology and management sciences at Colorado State University and beyond.


Director: Tony Cheng

Colorado Natural Heritage Program

The Colorado Natural Heritage Program is Colorado’s only comprehensive source of information on the status and location of Colorado’s rarest and most threatened species and plant communities. We share information with a wide range of stakeholders in partnerships that work to ensure the Colorado’s biodiversity resources are not diminished. CNHP has an enormous impact on conservation in Colorado through these partnerships.  CNHP tracks and ranks Colorado’s rare and imperiled species and habitat and provides scientific information and expertise to promote the conservation of Colorado’s wealth of biological resources.  We are engaged with numerous partners to assess the vulnerability of species of concern and their habitats to climate change, and to develop and implement adaptive management strategies.


Director: David G. Anderson

Colorado Water Institute

The mission of the Colorado Water Institute is to connect all of Colorado's higher education expertise to the research and education needs of Colorado water managers and users.


Director: Reagan Waskom

Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere

CIRA is a cooperative institute that is also a research department within CSU's College of Engineering. Its vision is to conduct interdisciplinary research in the atmospheric sciences by entraining skills beyond the meteorological disciplines, exploiting advances in engineering and computer science, facilitating transitional activity between pure and applied research, leveraging both national and international resources and partnerships, and assisting NOAA, Colorado State University, the State of Colorado, and the Nation through the application of our research to areas of societal benefit.


Director: Chris Kummerow

Crisis and Creativity

This team represents a unique, trans-disciplinary collaboration between the natural sciences and the humanities that will address the increasing threat that species loss poses to global environmental sustainability. The team will develop a multi-media exhibition of art and nested educational outreach activities to translate the current biodiversity crisis through visual, audio and textual installation for the public at large.

Crops for Health

This is a unique transdisciplinary research program with the goal to improve the disease prevention characteristics of food crops, thereby rescuing chronic disease morbidity and mortality. The focus of the program is on the major staple crops of the world’s population, but specialty crops are also investigated. The program deals with problems at the interface of agriculture and human health, and one critical step to assist with the developing of sustainable solutions to these global problems will be the Crops for Health Research Working Groups.


Principal Investigators – Elizabeth Ryan, Clinical Sciences; Henry Thompson, Horticulture; and Barbara Wallner, School of Education.